July 31, 2021
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
The clergy and laity of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week. You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Based on 2 Samuel11:26-12:13 and Psalm 51:1-12 Prayer is a conversation between God and us. If we had been in David’s sandals perhaps the prayer would sound something like this… God, Can we talk? I did something unwise and so unlike You. I planned, executed the plan, and took advantage of the trust that many had in me. I lied to myself, and I lied about You. I should have known nothing is hidden from You. As close as we are, as much as You love me and as much as I love You; I should have known what I said what I did would not stay hidden. I'm coming to You now because I do not want to spend another moment outside of Your will. I'm coming to You now because the words I spoke and the actions I took caused great harm. I was wrong. I have sinned. I've fallen short of Your glory. I ask Your forgiveness. I sincerely humble myself before You I lay open my heart. No secrets are hidden from You. No more hiding. So, God no more denial. Can we have the loving, intimate relationship we had before all of this happened? Can I be the man after Your own heart? Can I be the woman who delights in Your presence? I come to You in sincerity and genuine remorse. Can we be friends again? You have given me so many great and wonderful promises. Can we see this relationship between us to Your glorious end? I only want to do what You want me to. I only want to declare Your goodness because after this I know You have been good to me. And I can tell others, but my failings and I can tell others about Your unfailing love. And I can tell someone else let Your love does not fail, I can tell someone else that Your grace knows no bounds. All I want beloved God, is for us to be friends again. Thank You for hearing my prayer. Thank You for this new beginning. With Your help, I will be made whole. I will spend the remainder of my days giving You the honor and glory that belongs to You. And God answered “Yes” to King David. God answers “Yes” to all who seek God. AMEN
By Rev. Althea Jackson, pastor of New Covenant United Methodist Church of East Hartford, CT, Seacoast District.